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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Noodles hires Carl Lukach as CFO

Lukach, who previously worked at lifestyle brand Equinox, replaces Ken Kuick who resigned in August.


McDonald’s names Bethany Tate Cornell chief learning and development officer

The former Boeing executive will modernize the company’s Hamburger University.

Bloomin' Brands plans to begin the expansion of Aussie Grill next year, while also stepping up its test of its virtual chicken brand.

Kevin Vasconi was named the burger chain’s chief information officer.

An actress turned restaurateur after her husband left her the restaurant, the southerner became a grande dame of the New York City fine-dining scene

Julio Ramirez will lead the better-burger brand, which was recently acquired by Opes Acquisition Corp.

Vince Szwajkowski, formerly of ArcLight Cinemas, and Rick Gestring, a Dunkin’ Brands vet, will join other recent additions to the fast casual’s C-suite.

The former Hilton executive and Obama advisor will head a newly created “Global Impact Team” that organizes the company’s communications and government relations strategy.

The former McDonald's executive will also serve as the fast casual’s chief of staff.

The industry veteran received the promotion after five years with the company.

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